Downward Road

The Staple Singers had a unique sound among gospel groups.  In October 1959 Vee-Jay 881 was their latest release – “Downward Road” b/w “So Soon.”

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Little By Little

This has to be a rare item:  Junior Wells’s “Little By Little” backed with “Come On In This House.”  It was issued as Profile 4011 in February 1960.  Unlike previous Wells blues songs, “Little By Little” featured a back-up vocal group.  This must have paid off, because it was on the national R&B charts in the late spring and early summer.  The flip side is “Come On In This House” not “Come On A My House.”  Junior Wells may have consented to using group harmony, but he would have sounded ridiculous singing “Come On A My House.”

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Bus Station Blues

Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers had an R&B hit in 1955 with “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) on the Excello label.  Even though four years had elapsed without another big hit, Excello was still recording the group in 1959.  This record, Excello 2159, “Bus Station Blues” b/w “Rollin’ Home,” was issued in June 1959.  After this record Excello must have given up on Louis.